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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Northwest Flower and Garden Festival - 2018: 'Wabi-Sabi, Embrace Flawed Beauty' - several pictures

One of my favorite gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival -2018:

Wabi-Sabi, Embrace Flawed Beauty by West Seattle Nursery

From the NWFGS brochure: 'This is a celebration of the Japanese tradition of Wabi-Sabi, an inspiring way to look at your home and your whole life. 
It acknowledges three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
This serene, spa-like setting is a place where one can embrace their own physical imperfections and celebrate that we are all beautiful in our own way.
Warmed by a fireplace, the weathered wood structure is a great spot for a massage - while providing shelter for the tropical plants inside. 
Its walls are open to a lush outdoor landscape of ferns and evergreens, where a cooling shower pools, then gently flows into a nearby soaking pool.'

'Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous of natural objects and processes.' (Wikipedia)

Don't you like that chandelier? And air plants on the white interior wall?

Fatsia japonica Spider Web is a popular choice of the NWFGS designers.
I have several plants in my garden. They look good when they are short, as in the picture above, and they look good when they are tall! 

Beautiful Japanese maple in front of the exterior wall with tiny fungi-pots 

Together with Gold medal, the garden received The Founder's Cup Award (Best in Show), Best Use of Color Award, Best Use of Horticulture Award and The Garden Design Magazine Award.

What I like about this garden: its color palette (many shades of green, white and some burgundy),  mix of plants including conifers and house plants, stone water features, white containers and calm, tranquil, relaxed atmosphere.
The list of plants can be found here: West Seattle Nursery


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  1. I really liked the plant choices in this garden, and the uses of plants and pots on the walls, front and back, were very creative. The spa aspect didn't wow me much, but the carpet of green and white and burgundy did.

    1. Thank you, Linda! I also liked their plant selection. Looking at their Scenecio 'Angel Wings', I was wondering if my own plants could survive the winter. So far, three of them are doing good!

  2. Bellissime queste immagini dell'evento. Purtroppo qui eventi simili non esistono.

    Ti auguro una buona settimana!

  3. I loved the plant colors in this garden too, especially the black mondo grass with the Fritillarias. I'm not much of a spa goer, although if I was rich and could employ a full-time masseur, I might install one. I do hope newbie gardeners didn't come away from this thinking they could interplant Fatsia with these others and it would stay small though. I've actually killed a few Tillandsias, and the ones hanging around the spa remind me a lot of spiders, which creep me out. I'd have a different background, maybe bigger Bromeliads, or Kokedama. Thanks for sharing your photos!

    1. Alison, thank you! Spas don't have me as a regular guest too, hehe! If we'd ignore those snow-white bathrobes and towels, the structure will look like a normal garden pergola.
      Now, Fatsia. After the last year show, I read some ironic comments about using it by the show designers as a groundcover. I have a mature plant which seeds profusely, so I have a number of baby plants growing there. They grow very slow, and for several seasons stay short, actually looking like attractive groundcover - probably, because that spot is pretty dry and has only morning sun. When they get taller, I move them or put them into big pots, but others stay there for a while, letting other small plants grow underneath of them. Unfortunately, last year's bunny attacks left many small plants without leaves (they don't eat the leaves, just take them down while chewing on other tender parts); so, I cleared that spot.
      But I agree with you - new gardeners need to read Fatsia's description!
      I've never had Tillandsias... they do remind spiders!

  4. Great shots, Tatyana. I love the chandelier and happen to like air plants. I like the way the spa stuff and plant containers are white. I think the use of white in the garden is undervalued sometimes. A friend of mine from PA is at the show. I envy you both. P. x

    1. Thank you, Pam! I agree with you, whites look fabulous in the garden! I try to plant more white-blooming perennials in my own garden. So far, it's mostly phlox, daisy and nicotiana (it overwinters in my garden).

  5. Hi Tanya: I couldn't go to the NW F&G Show this year because I have the flu! Had to give my ticket away. 🙎🏼 So it's wonderful to have your photos and comments. I love the serenity of the Wabi-Sabi garden ... I wish I could be right in the middle of it right now! Also like the freshness of the lemony yellow garden. Both gardens are feeding my body and soul today! Keep 'em coming, my friend! 🌼🌸🌺

    1. So nice to hear from you, Patti! I'd take more pictures if I knew that you missed the NWFGS! This year, I decided to reduce my computer's picture file and took just a couple of hundreds pics at the Show, much less than in previous years!
      I hope you are feeling better. Flue is bad this season... Stay warm and enjoy these sunny days! (I was gardening last two days, then realized that the temperature was just around 30!)

  6. What a great display of a wonderful tradition. I've loved the wabi-sabi concept since I first read about it several years ago. It just fit my dear husband and I so well. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Valentine's week ~ FlowerLady

    1. Lorrain, thank you! I haven't heard about wabi-sabi concept before. It's nice that the Show gives us something new to learn about!

  7. I like the black and white and the way they carried it through. I really liked the chandelier. I have a collection of tillandsias. I am not sure I like them scattered across a wall. It is a different way to display them.

    1. Lisa, thanks! Tillandsias haven't been to my household yet! Maybe, one day...

  8. I love the Wabi-Sabi garden and the philosophy behind it, but the tillandsias across the wall look a lot like spiders to me! Might be a little hard to relax with images of creepy crawlies so close.

    1. Deb, thank you! Maybe, we should think not about spiders, but about .... dancing starsfish or green snowflakes, ha-ha!


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